Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

External address: 
308 Research Drive, A-207 LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0230
(919) 681-8050

My research aims to link environmental geochemistry and isotope hydrology in order to trace the sources and mechanisms of water contamination and relationships with human health. Current research includes global changes of the chemical and isotopic compositions of water resources due to human intervention and contamination, salinization of water resources in the Middle East and Northern Africa, naturally occurring contaminants (arsenic, fluoride, boron) and radioactivity in water resources, the impact of coal combustion residues on the environment, and the impact of gas drilling and hydro-fracking on the quality of shallow groundwater.


  • Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) 1990
  • M.S., Hebrew University (Israel) 1986
  • B.S., Hebrew University (Israel) 1984

Vengosh, A., J. Gill, M. L. Davisson, and G. B. Hudson. “A multi-isotope (B, Sr, O, H, and C) and age dating (3H-3He and 14C) study of groundwater from Salinas Valley, California: Hydrochemistry, dynamics, and contamination processes.” Water Resources Research 38, no. 1 (2002): 91–917.

Vengosh, A., and M. J. Hendry. “Chloride-bromide-δ11B systematics of a thick clay-rich aquitard system.” Water Resources Research 37, no. 5 (June 26, 2001): 1437–44. https://doi.org/10.1029/2000WR900379. Full Text

Yechieli, Y., O. Sivan, B. Lazar, A. Vengosh, D. Ronen, and B. Herut. “Radiocarbon in seawater intruding into the Israeli mediterranean coastal aquifer.” Radiocarbon 43, no. 2 PART II (January 1, 2001): 773–81. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0033822200041448. Full Text

Vengosh, A., J. Gieskes, and C. Mahn. “New evidence for the origin of hypersaline pore fluids in the Mediterranean basin.” Chemical Geology 163, no. 1–4 (February 1, 2000): 287–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0009-2541(99)00131-X. Full Text

Vengosh, A., A. J. Spivack, Y. Artzi, and A. Ayalon. “Geochemical and boron, strontium, and oxygen isotopic constraints on the origin of the salinity in groundwater from the Mediterranean coast of Israel.” Water Resources Research 35, no. 6 (January 1, 1999): 1877–94. https://doi.org/10.1029/1999WR900024. Full Text

Vengosh, A., S. Barth, K. G. Heumann, and S. Eisenhut. “Boron isotopic composition of freshwater lakes from central Europe and possible contamination sources.” Acta Hydrochimica Et Hydrobiologica 27, no. 6 (1999): 416–21. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1521-401X(199912)27:6<416::AID-AHEH416>3.0.CO;2-2. Full Text

Vengosh, A., G. J. De Lange, and A. Starinsky. “Boron isotope and geochemical evidence for the origin of Urania and Bannock brines at the eastern Mediterranean: Effect of water-rock interactions.” Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 62, no. 19–20 (October 1, 1998): 3221–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7037(98)00236-1. Full Text

Vengosh, A. “The isotopic composition of anthropogenic boron and its potential impact on the environment.Biological Trace Element Research 66, no. 1–3 (January 1998): 145–51. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf02783134. Full Text